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Poster: brewster Date: Nov 9, 2003 2:01am
Forum: etree Subject: catagorizing the bands?

to support discovery of new music, it would be great to have some catagories for the bands. (I do now how contentious this can be).

Is there an existing taxonomy that would serve the area we are dealing with here?

having a few tags for each band can help with some of the arguments, but they will persist. remember, this is a tool to help people discover new music, not be the eternal truth in music theory.

what do people think?

-brewster

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Poster: Tyler Date: Nov 9, 2003 2:47am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: catagorizing the bands?

I agree strongly. Great idea! I often see all these band names of groups I have no clue what they sound like or what genus or species they are.

There was one artist that was approved in may? that I was excited to listen to as he was the 1 artist that was on here that was classical / piano based for the most part. Now I don't remember his name and prob. won't find that artist.

with the categorical defining, that would really help out.

Doesn't the Open Source section have something similar with 'keywords' for genera and such? Jon?

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Nov 9, 2003 3:39am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: categorizing the bands?

This would be great! Much earlier in a thread about genres, I worried about artists being pigeonholed into categories. But now with so many here, I do crave *something*! :)

Perhaps add something like what is already on Open Source area? But instead of associating items into patron-addable categories, let the artist names be tagged.

If artists could be sorted into a large number of categories that would prevent pigeonholing and promote interesting crossrefs.

This could also help to attract more artists beyond US/jam type material. That's always very welcome but I'd love to start pitching to say classical people too and have them feel like they can be found among everything else here. Right now it's a harder sell for them.

Categories should be admin-editable and deletable though to prevent abuse, redundancy, misspellings etc...

This post was modified by hamilton on 2003-11-09 11:39:45

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Poster: Tribe Date: Nov 9, 2003 6:14am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: categorizing the bands?

IMHO, the Open Source system is the way to go. Let the poster enter the tags....and heck, let reviewers enter their own also. As the original poster of this thread, we're not attempting to accurately pigeon-hole anyone....just an attempt to provide a guide.

Tribe

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Poster: gsisak Date: Nov 11, 2003 1:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: categorizing the bands?

i think categories would be a good idea IF it is optional. have the option to browse artists by category but still leave the option to browse alphabetically. best of both worlds then.
george

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Poster: simon c Date: Nov 11, 2003 1:53am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: categorizing the bands?

The way you add categories in the opensource and netlabel sections is pretty much the way to go, imho.

For example, Electronic is a default style, but people have dynamically added substyles of IDM, Bleep, and so on, as they've added recordings. Works well as long as people don't create too many overlapping styles, heh - I agree with a previous poster that you may want to lock down styles, but on the other hand, locking down means there may be things missing.

If styles are done on a per band level for Etree, does that sufficiently portray all their different concerts? Do they change styles a lot? Doing it per concert would be a BIG task.

This post was modified by simon c on 2003-11-11 09:53:10

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Poster: Tribe Date: Nov 12, 2003 12:46am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: categorizing the bands?

Perhaps people who download the shows could also have a say in categorizing....allow them to also slot the show in a particular style. After all, a show can be categorized a number of ways, all of which might be relevant. Sooner or later, all the shows will slowly be categrorized one way or another.

Tribe

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Poster: gsisak Date: Nov 11, 2003 1:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: categorizing the bands?

i think categories would be a good idea IF it is optional. have the option to browse artists by category but still leave the option to browse alphabetically. best of both worlds then.
george